Dean Elgar slammed Gabba’s pitch after Australia beat South Africa by six wickets in two days in the first Test on Sunday, saying it was not a good Test wicket. Elgar added that the surface was not a good advertisement for the longer formats because it ended in no time.
In a low-scoring game at the Gabba, Australia beat South Africa by six wickets on Sunday to take a 1-0 series lead. It was the second shortest Test match played in Australia on a kicked basis as the game ended in just 866 deliveries. South Africa were sent to bat by Australia after winning the toss and the hosts put them together 152 and 99 respectively. The team won the match posting totals of 218 and 35/4 in both sleeves.
However, the soft, green and couture ground in Brisbane came under intense scrutiny after the result. Several former cricketers have criticized the nature of the ground saying it was too friendly for bowlers. South African skipper Dean Elgar also blasted the nature of the pitch saying it was not good publicity for Test cricket.
“Let’s not waste time. You have to be wondering – is this good publicity for our format? Thirty-four wickets in two days; quite a one-sided affair I would say. We want to see the game go to four or five days” , Elgar said at the post-game press conference.
“The nature of how he started playing, with a very stiff rebound off the old ball, you’re on a hiding spot as a batting unit. Only three batters applied half decently and got scored points. I don’t think it was a very good test wicket.”
Travis Head was the game’s top scorer with his 92-point shot while Kyle Verreynne hit 64 points, being the second-leading scorer in the innings. Of 34 batters dismissed throughout the game, 15 faced ten or fewer deliveries. The extremely hard-to-beat conditions were also evident in Australia’s pursuit after losing four single-digit batters. Elgar commented that the divots on the pitch started to get harder earlier in the game and that shouldn’t happen.
“I’m not going to say it was dangerous or it wasn’t safe,” Elgar said, presumably to avoid the insult of a fine adding to the injury that potentially awaited those who dared to strike. the surface,” he explained.
“The edges of the divots start to get harder and they get more abrasive because the wicket starts to dry out. Back home, the wickets are also prone to creating these divots, and it becomes a handful. But usually that doesn’t happen until later in the game, when these divots start playing a pretty big role, which seemed to start yesterday.
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